Kerala India Jan 15 ANI As Kerala witnessed a steep surge in COVID 19 cases, State Education Minister V Sivankutty said on Saturday that the suspension of offline classes up to Class 9 students will be lifted from January 21.
The decision was taken after having a meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday. The classes will be suspended for a period of two weeks.
Sivankutty told media persons that now physical classes up to 9th standard will be conducted through digital mode. There are about 35 lakh students studying in classes 1 to 9. There isn't yet a severe case of COVID 19 among schoolchildren. As cases are rising, we need to take precautions. The minister said that new guidelines for students in classes 9 to 12 will be issued. A meeting of higher officials in the education department will be held on Monday to issue revised guidelines for classes 9 to 12.
He said the syllabus for SSLC will be completed by the first week of February and the syllabus for higher secondary classes will be completed by the last week of February.
The government does not want to experiment with children, according to experts that there is no need to suspend offline classes in schools.
The minister informed that the situation in COVID 19 will be reviewed after two weeks and schools will be reopened if the situation remains favorable.